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CALL FOR PAPERS: India, Gender & Food Security Papers


Open Window:  12 MAY 2016 – 27 MAY 2016

The India Food Security Portal,facilitated by IFPRI, is organizing a one day workshop on Gender and Food Security in India to be held on August 29 in New Delhi. As noted in a recent blog, women’s participation in food production often goes unrecorded but is critical to ensuring access and utilization of food in India. For this reason, a workshop entitled “Gender-Just Food Security” was held in December in Gujarat; for a summary of those discussions, visit our blog.  For this follow-up event, we plan to carry those discussions forward and bring together national policy makers, researchers, donors and implementers to present the most recent evidence on gender and food security in India that will contribute to the ongoing local policy debate.

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Missing: The Forgotten Women in India’s Climate Plans — new film from CDKN

New film from the Climate & Knowledge Development Network: Missing: The forgotten women in India’s climate plans

With a rapidly changing climate that is already having massive impacts on Indian people’s daily lives, the absence of policies and plans supporting millions of working women in their ability to deal with these new challenges needs to be addressed. Representing over half the workforce in farming, fishing and forest harvesting, Indian women have an essential role to play in climate adaptation and planning. Granting women greater access to ownership and representation, and giving them a voice to describe their situation and needs to policymakers, will help all Indians diminish their vulnerabilities in the face of climate change.

This new film, directed by Krishnendu Bose and commissioned by the Climate & Development Knowledge Network, follows the Nahi women in their daily fight against climate change impacts. It shows how resourceful these women are in a context of high constraints and poverty. Supporting their local initiatives with adequate policies and laws could be a significant game changer in the way India manages to tackle climate change. ‘Missing’ intends to convince policymakers of what can be achieved, were women to become integrated in climate change planning.

The film depicts Rita Kamila and her success at integrating farming practices with climate resilience. As a result of the changing climate, Rita has fish in her fields; she puts her chicken coup over the water so that when she feeds her chickens, some of it falls through into the water, and the chicken droppings also become fish food. Her practices have led to great economic benefit, and she shares her knowledge with her fellow villagers. However, Rita’s success is an isolated story, as the video shows, and it is critical to scale up access to government schemes. Many government schemes are only for land owning farmers and less than 10% of female farmers own land.

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Gender Methods Seminar today: Measuring Women’s Empowerment in Rural India Using Vignettes

Slides from the presentation are available at the end of this post.

Abstract: Many development projects have empowerment as one of their goals or as a means to achieve other development goals. Yet, the measurement of empowerment has proved very difficult and is riddled with technical and conceptual problems. Current approaches to measurement of empowerment rely on long questionnaires and, to some extent, on subjective perceptions which are not comparable across groups. In this paper we propose a method for measuring self-reported empowerment using anchoring vignettes and provide an application to a sample of rural women in Andhra Pradesh. This method is simple to administer and addresses biases in subjective perceptions. We show how perceptions vary systematically across groups and how they can be corrected for. We also show how the impact of a project on empowerment can be tested. In our application we find that most of the differences in self-reported empowerment are perceptual and that a self-help group intervention does not increase women’s empowerment.

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